Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue served up a heaping helping of musical gumbo to a Meijer Gardens audience that was craving their blend of funk, rock, soul, and Jazz. This was N’Orlens party music (true dat) from a group of masterful musicians who took the stage by storm and never let up. Keeping this joyful West Michigan audience dancing, clapping, singing and shouting from beginning to end. Flowing free and easy through extended versions of a mix of old and new music like a modern day big band. Simultaneously tightly choreographed and highly improvisational; as individual solos, small ensembles or en mass. Many bands take you to space but Shorty takes you through time and space. One jam flew quickly between the cacophony of Dixieland barnyard call and response to the overlapping interplay of a classical fugue, only to return us to a beautifully soulful melody. The rhythm section jam reminded this old Dead Head of the Rhythm Devils explorations only heavily seasoned with Today’s New Orleans Funk. Only fitting as Ziggy Modeliste, George Porter Jr., Art Neville and all of the Meters created that Funk sound they influenced The New Orleans Music scene as well as many bands across genres ( including the Grateful Dead) and music in general. Now it Shorty’s time as they jointly help create the tapestry of today’s New Orleans sound; built on New Orleans Funk, Second line and jazz rhythms Showing the rest of the world that the birthplace of Jazz is not done creating. Party on Shorty!